I assume you're working on an older XP machine. Premiere Elements 2 will not run on Vista or Windows 7.
That said, if it used to work but suddenly you're having problems, the most likely reason is that your hard drive is filling up and/or defragmenting. How much free space is on your C drive? You really shouldn't operate a program this intensive with less than 30 gigabytes free -- much more, if you're also storing your video and project files on your C drive -- and that should be defragmented weekly. (You should also be running at least 2 gigabytes of RAM.)
Temp files can also fill your drive up invisibly. Advanced System Care is free from IOBit software and it will clear off those temp files and clean up your registry.
And don't forget to defragment also!
And do make sure you've got all of your Windows updates. Go to Windows Update manually and get even the non-critical updates. Then go to the Apple web site and make sure you have the latest version of Quicktime.
There could also be issues with your source files -- but we can cross that bridge once you get your software in order.
Yup, I am working with XP. My hard drive isn't filling up. I have 227GB
free space and I'm running 3.25GB of RAM. I've just had the whole computer
cleaned up because I was experiencing this problem. I exit from all
anti-virus, spyware and close anything that is running in the background.
The computer still crashes after about 30 seconds of opening this one
project in Premiere. I can't even burn it to a folder or DVD. An encoding
error pops up at about 3%. This is so frustrating. I did think that maybe
it was the source files.
What do you think?
What are your source files? What type of camcorder did they come from and how did you get them into your computer?
And did you take my advice about manually updating the key software and drivers in your system? Particularly if the program used to work but suddenly doesn't, outdated drivers and firmware and Quicktime are likely causes.
>think that maybe it was the source files
Likely right... you can't play an 8" pizza in a CD player... so, as already asked, what ARE your source files?
This is aimed a Premiere Pro, but may help
First, work through all of the steps here http://ppro.wikia.com/wiki/Troubleshooting
If your problem isn't fixed after you follow all of the steps, report back with the DETAILS asked for in the questions at the end of that link
My camcorder is a Canon MV500i with a mini DV cassette and I use a Firewire
connection to capture the footage onto the computer. However, for this
particular film edit I also used somebody else's film footage taken from a
digital camera. This footage had been put onto a memory stick for me to
import into Premiere. Do you think this is where the problem is?
Thanks for your help, by the way.
If you're using a miniDV connected by FireWire, you should have no problem editing on a machine like this.
Provided you've updated it, per my earlier posts, cleared off your temp files and defragmented your drives.
You may also want to go to Edit/Preferences/Media Cache and clear your media cache.
Then, when you launch the program, hold down the left side Ctrl+Alt+Shift keys to clear up any other corruptions that may have crept in.
I have done absolutely everything you have suggested and I still have a
problem. It crashes after 30 seconds of opening. I can't even view what
I've done in the timeline. I tried to burn what I've done to DVD and it's
not detecting my DVD burner. Only after opening another Premiere project to
burn did it pick up my DVD burner. When I went into the project that's
creating the problem, and it had detected my DVD burner, I thought I would
be able to burn it. It came up with an error after only transcoding 2
percent. It won't allow me to burn into a folder, either.??????????
I really have no further solutions for you, Fabfen.
You can try Adobe's troubleshooting tips and they may be helpful.
Otherwise, though, I'm sorry but, unless you can bring your computer by my house in Milwaukee, I'm not sure there's anything more I can do.
I think Milwaukee is a bit far from our place in Queensland, Australia!
Thanks for your help, though. I think I might start the project again and
see what happens. AAagh!!!!!
I DO have an nVidia graphics card. Will have a look at that thread.